2007–08 Tennessee Volunteers basketball team

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2007–08 Tennessee Volunteers men's basketball
UT Volunteers logo.svg
SEC regular season champions
NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
Conference Southeastern Conference East
2007–08 record 31–5 (14–2 SEC)
Head coach Bruce Pearl
Assistant coach Tony Jones
Assistant coach Steve Forbes
Assistant coach Jason Shay
Home arena Thompson-Boling Arena
Seasons
« 2006–07 2008–09 »
2007–08 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
#5 Tennessee 14 2   .875     31 5   .861
Kentucky 12 4   .750     18 13   .581
#19 Vanderbilt 10 6   .625     26 8   .765
Florida 8 8   .500     24 12   .667
South Carolina 5 11   .313     14 18   .438
Georgia 4 12   .250     17 17   .500
West
Mississippi State 12 4   .750     23 11   .676
Arkansas 9 7   .563     23 12   .657
Ole Miss 7 9   .438     24 11   .686
LSU 6 10   .375     13 18   .419
Alabama 5 11   .313     17 16   .515
Auburn 4 12   .250     14 16   .467
SEC Tournament winner
As of April 7, 2008; Rankings from AP Poll

To begin a highly touted year, the 2007 Tennessee Volunteers basketball team traveled to Europe and played a few European teams going 4–1 against them. The Vols were hurt when Sophomore F Duke Crews was suspended. Crews suffered a 30-day suspension, but missed both exhibition games with an ankle injury. UT's first exb. game was against the California-Pennsylvania Vulcans, winning handily, 106–46. The University of Tennessee lead the SEC in unrelated Smiths (JaJaun, Tyler, and Ramar). Crews also missed about a month due to heart problems. The Vols finished 31–5, winning the SEC regular season championship, for the first time since 2000. But the Vols lost in the 3rd round of both the SEC and NCAA Tournament.

Roster[edit]

Name Number Team Position Height Year
Ramar Smith 12 1 6–1 Sophomore
JaJuan Smith 2 2 6–2 Senior
Chris Lofton- C 5 3 6–2 Senior
Tyler Smith 1 4 6–7 Sophomore
Wayne Chism 4 5 6–9 Sophomore
J. P. Prince 30 6 6–7 Sophomore
Jordan Howell 15 7 6–3 Senior
Brian Williams 33 8 6–10 Freshman
Duke Crews 32 9 6–8 Sophomore
Ryan Childress 34 10 6–9 Junior
Josh Tabb 25 11 6–4 Sophomore
Jayson Ebio 7 12 5-8 Freshman (Redshirted)

Legend: C = Team Captain

Non-Scholarship Players

Steven Pearl, Quinn Cannington, Tanner Wild, Rick Daniels-Mulholland, Justin Jackson, Brett Jackson

Coaches

Head Coach: Bruce Pearl, Associate Coach: Tony Jones, Assistant Coach: Steve Forbes, Assistant Coach: Jason Shay, Director of Basketball Operations: Ken Johnson

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
Exhibition
November 2* #7 Cal U W 106–46  Thompson-Boling Arena (–)
November 5* #7 LMU W 124–61  Thompson-Boling Arena (–)
Non-conference regular season
November 9* #7 Temple W 80–63  1–0 Thompson-Boling Arena (21,817)
November 14* #7 Arkansas–Monticello
(Legends Classic Regionals)
W 101–44  2–0 Thompson-Boling Arena (17,946)
November 16* #7 Prairie View A&M
(Legends Classic Regionals)
W 89–75  3–0 Thompson-Boling Arena (18,846)
November 20* #7 MTSU W 109–40  4–0 Thompson-Boling Arena (18,592)
November 23* #7 vs. West Virginia
(Legends Classic Semifinals)
W 74–72  5–0 Prudential Center (5,310)
November 24* #7 vs. #15 Texas
(Legends Classic Finals)
L 78–97  5–1 Prudential Center (4,327)
November 27* #11 North Carolina A&T W 93–59  6–1 Thompson-Boling Arena (17,092)
November 30* #11 Louisiana–Lafayette W 98–70  7–1 Thompson-Boling Arena (19,401)
December 4* #10 at Chattanooga W 76–70  8–1 McKenzie Arena (11,221)
December 15* #12 vs. WKU
(Sun Belt Classic)
W 88–82  9–1 Sommet Center (18,071)
December 19* #12 UNC Asheville W 79–77  10–1 Thompson-Boling Arena (21,314)
December 22* #12 at Xavier W 62–89  11–1 Cintas Center (21,863)
December 29* #11 vs. Gonzaga
(Battle in Seattle)
W 82–72  12–1 KeyArena (15,141)
SEC regular season
January 9 #8 Ole Miss W 85–83  13–1 (1–0) Thompson-Boling Arena (21,846)
January 12 #8 at South Carolina W 80–56  14–1 (2–0) Colonial Life Arena (13,449)
January 17 #6 Vanderbilt W 80–60  15–1 (3–0) Thompson-Boling Arena (20,799)
January 19* #6 Ohio State W 76–63  16–1 Thompson-Boling Arena (14,057)
January 22 #3 at Kentucky L 66–72  16–2 (3–1) Rupp Arena (23,443)
January 26 #3 Georgia W 85–69  17–2 (4–1) Thompson-Boling Arena (21,009)
January 29 #7 at Alabama W 93–88  18–2 (5–1) Coleman Coliseum (11,891)
February 2 #7 at Mississippi State W 76–71  19–2 (6–1) Humphrey Coliseum (10,150)
February 5 #7 Florida W 104–82  20–2 (7–1) Thompson-Boling Arena (20,036)
February 9 #7 at LSU W 47–45  21–2 (8–1) Pete Maravich Assembly Center (10,165)
February 13 #3 Arkansas W 93–71  22–2 (9–1) Thompson-Boling Arena (20,008)
February 16 #3 at Georgia W 74–71  23–2 (10–1) Stegeman Coliseum (10,039)
February 20 #2 Auburn W 89–70  24–2 (11–1) Thompson-Boling Arena (20,645)
February 23* #2 at #1 Memphis W 66–62  25–2 FedExForum (18,389)
February 26 #1 at #18 Vanderbilt L 69–72  25–3 (11–2) Memorial Gymnasium (20,375)
March 2 #1 Kentucky W 63–60  26–3 (12–2) Thompson-Boling Arena (21,628)
March 5 #4 at Florida W 89–86  27–3 (13–2) O'Connell Center (12,046)
March 9 #4 South Carolina W 89–56  28–3 (14–2) Thompson-Boling Arena (21,734)
SEC Tournament
March 14 #5 vs. South Carolina
(SEC Quarterfinals)
W 89–87  29–3 Georgia Dome (18,020)
March 15 #5 vs. Arkansas
(SEC Semifinals)
L 91–92  29–4 Alexander Memorial Coliseum (2,517)
NCAA Tournament
March 21* #5 vs. American University
(1st Round NCAA Tournament)
W 72–57  30–4 BJJC Arena (–)
March 23* #5 vs. #11 Butler
(2nd Round NCAA Tournament)
W 76–71 OT 31–4 BJJC Arena (–)
March 27* #5 vs. #13 Louisville
(NCAA Regionals)
L 79–60  31–5 Charlotte Bobcats Arena (19,092)
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. ( ) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time[1].

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